A man wearing a shirt bearing an Agenda 21 opposition slogan took the podium at a Miami-Dade County Commissioners meeting in Florida Tuesday night and quickly threatened to shoot all of the commissioners, saying that the constitution allowed him the right to do so.
Jose Antonio Fernandez, 54, was the first speaker at Tuesday’s public meeting, and was removed from the meeting chamber right after making the threats. He was being held on $97,500 bail, charged with 13 felony counts of threatening to harm public officials. Fernandez was hit with one count for each county commissioner and another one for Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who was also present on the dais.
Police also hit Fernandez with a disorderly conduct charge, a misdemeanor.
According to news accounts, Fernandez lives in a rural area of Miami-Dade County that has battled the state over environmental regulations for years. The state counts numerous wetlands violations among residents in the area.
In 2011, a judge fined Fernandez $316,000 in restitution to the state for various violations incurred by a nursery on his property. The nursery was placed in foreclosure and will be sold at auction later in July.
“I dare you to sell my house. You have become tyrants. You have become a corrupted government. You have destroyed my family. And hundreds of families,” Fernandez railed at Tuesday’s meeting. “And I said: enough. I am the people. And the time that you sell the house, my constitution gives me the right to shoot every one of you. Shoot ’em!”
Fernandez pointed at the dais where the commissioners were seated as he issued the threat to “shoot every one of you.”
The speaker, who lives in the farming region known as “The 8 1/2 Square Mile Area” which has been battling over wetlands use with the state’s Division of Environmental Resources Management, accused the commissioners of “confiscating the land of small farmers.”
“You confiscated my land already,” Fernandez declared.
Fernandez wore a T-shirt bearing the slogan, “No To United Nations Agenda 21,” a reference to a non-binding 1992 U.N. “action plan,” Agenda 21 aimed at encouraging “sustainable development.”
But conspiracy theorists believe that Agenda 21 is actually, as the Glenn Beck magazine The Blaze said, “the global scheme that has the potential to wipe out freedoms of all U.S. citizens.”
Beck and other conspiracy theorists believe that under Agenda 21, citizens living in suburban communities will be evicted from their homes and forced to live in government dormitories in crowded urban areas.